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Stranger Than Paradise Reviews

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January 4, 2018
Daring in its conception but made with a watchmaker's care, "Stranger Than Paradise" is a playfully eclectic, formally perfect gem. It is also a persistently funny film that owes as much to "The Honeymooners" as it does to the avant-garde.
December 6, 2017
Its tale of two immigrant boys and a visiting Hungarian cousin tasting the trivia of freedom is clear-eyed, wistful and funny.
August 18, 2014
...a love-it-or-hate-it sort of endeavor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 18, 2008
It's a unique, indelible and hilarious film, and certainly one of the best of its era.
August 11, 2008
It's a hipster version of Marty.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
May 13, 2008
Jarmusch constructs from basic ingredients a complex of narrative symmetry and existential ennui pointing to something far more resonant than the sum of its parts.
October 15, 2007
... like a French New wave film by way of Bela Tarr, directed with a hipster American comic sensibility and an outsider's fascination with the details of the everyday.
October 10, 2007
the American Dream inverted, that its characters are carefree is a by-product not of sharing in the Dream, but of dealing with life on the margins.
| Original Score: 4/5
September 16, 2007
Overrated but solid understated comedy.
| Original Score: 3/5
December 2, 2006
This austere, minimalist comedy put NY's East Village and Jim Jarmusch on the map, displaying unique sensibility and aesthetics (single long shots). Though only his second work, it's still Jarmusch's best picture--by far.
Full Review | Original Score: A
June 24, 2006
Not a lot to it, certainly, but the acting and performances combine to produce an obliquely effective study of the effect of landscape upon emotion, and the wry, dry humour is often quite delicious.
August 19, 2004
A whimsical picaresque tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 4, 2003
Its characters' vacant aspirations are equated by Stranger Than Paradise's lack of conventional purpose - this is the film's idiosyncratic strength.
February 28, 2002
The movie is not about plot. It is about mood, and to a lesser extent about character.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
May 19, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
October 23, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
February 27, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
October 11, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
July 30, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 7, 2002
| Original Score: 2/5
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